RGA Chairman Governor Bobby Jindal and RGA Vice Chairman Governor Scott Walker sent a letter today to President Barack Obama calling on him to clean house at the Internal Revenue Service after the Inspector General at the U.S. Department of Treasury disclosed that the IRS was unfairly targeting groups – who were applying for tax-exempt status – because of their conservative political beliefs.
We write to you today disturbed after learning that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has been unfairly targeting and applying added scrutiny to applicants for tax-exempt status based on their conservative beliefs. To be blunt, this is Big Brother come to life and a witch hunt to prevent Americans from exercising their First Amendment rights.
The First Amendment gives Americans the ability to freely express their opinions regardless of their political beliefs. The actions of the IRS are an attempt to gag the voices of Americans who may disagree with the policies and left-leaning ideology of your administration. Quite frankly, this is un-American.
This is a subversion of American liberty and a secret but direct attack against the U.S. Constitution. Immediate action must be taken to ensure this never happens again. Here are two steps that should be taken:
- Fire any and all employees responsible for this situation.
- Appoint a Special Prosecutor now to find out if laws were broken and if anyone committed crimes.
The bottom line is that regardless of one’s political beliefs, conservatives and liberals alike must be able to exercise their First Amendment rights without fear that the federal government will abuse them for having differing opinions.